Compared with the previous month, the number of unemployed decreased by 12927 persons or 1.2 percent to 1.04 million and the number of employed rose by 23943 persons or 0.6 percent to 3.7 million. In addition, the number of inactive persons went down 0.4 percent to 3.23 million.
A year earlier, the unemployment rate was recorded at 23.6 percent. The number of unemployed persons fell by 8.2 percent while employment rose 2.2 percent. The number of inactive persons declined by 0.7 percent compared with April of 2016.
Unemployment continued to affect mostly people aged 15 to 24, as 45.5 percent of young active population was unemployed, a decrease of 4.4 percentage points from the same month in the previous year. Also, all age groups recorded a lower jobless rate when compared to a year earlier.
By genders, the unemployment rate for males fell by 1.6 percentage points to 18.2 percent in April and for females dropped by 2.1 percentage points to 26.2 percent.
Among regions, the highest unemployment rates were oserved for Epirus-Western Macedonia (27.8 percent), followed by Macedonia-Thrace (22.3 percent), Attica (21.9 percent), Peloponnese, Western Greece and Ionian Islands (21.8 percent), Thessaly-Sterea Ellas (21.6 percent); while Crete recorded the lowest rate (17.3 percent).